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You’ll need TPM 2.0 and secure boot to install Windows 11

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to get more people to use the Windows Store to buy apps, movies, music, games and other 3rd party software. To do this, they need to make sure people have a secure version of the OS. When they created the TPM 1.2 specification, they made it so the OS could detect if the TPM was present and use it to validate the boot process before the OS was loaded.

Let’s face it, you want to install Windows 11, but you’re reluctant to do so because you’re worried about installing it on a laptop that only has TPM 1.2. Well, I’m here to tell you that you need to worry less, it’s time you found out how to install Windows 10 on a TPM 2.0 machine.

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Microsoft has officially unveiled its new operating system Windows 11, and many of our questions have been answered. Besides the many design changes, the new operating system also includes some very interesting improvements under the hood that should greatly improve the overall experience.

Whether it’s the new Start menu, the redesign of Edge, or the optimization for touch devices, all of these visual improvements need to be supported by the right hardware.

Interestingly, you’ll be able to see if your computer is ready for Windows 11 as early as next week, when the first Windows 11 Insider Preview is released. The first thing you need to do is check that your device meets the minimum requirements of Windows 11.

Microsoft PC Health Check may not be working properly

Microsoft recommends the PC Health Check application for this purpose, but there seems to be some confusion about the validation process. In fact, many users have problems attaching their device because of TPM 2.0.

TPM 2.0 is the latest version of the Trusted Platform Module specification. It is completely separate from the BIOS or operating system, cannot be updated or upgraded in most cases, and cannot be changed or modified. Some users experience problems even when both TPM and Safe Boot are enabled.

I think there was a
problem with checking the status of the PC. Both tpm and Secure Boot are enabled and my PC meets the other requirements.
But HC PC says you can’t run Win 11#Windows11

– MahdiNA (@MNaderiAbadi) 24. June 2021

Moreover, the TPM is generally responsible for hardware authentication and other security-related tasks, but it is not backward compatible, which can be a big problem for many users.

Many users of relatively new devices complain about this problem, but at the moment there is no real solution.

Very disappointed that my laptop is not compatible with #Windows11, even though it is only 4 years old.

– L0rd [email protected]$0n [email protected] (@jnhaffey) June 24, 2021

Everything on my laptop is compatible with Windows 11, except that I do not have the TPM….. module.

Windows 11 doesn’t seem to exist for me. #Windows11

– Adam Carr (@_AdamCarr) 24. June 2021

TPM 2.0 is a real issue, also for users of newdevices

And this problem is not unique to PCs/laptops. Several Surface users have tried unsuccessfully to run their devices through the health check tool, but the result is the same.

If you have an older device, you may not be able to upgrade to Windows 11

If this happens to users of newer devices, what is the procedure for users of PCs older than 4 years? This is a question for Microsoft that will surely be answered sooner or later. There are already some workarounds, but nothing can help you 100% in this process.

Note that it is also possible that your PC is not equipped with a TPM chip. In this case, you can buy one separately, but to install it you need to study the manual of your motherboard, but this is a complicated process.

Right now, if you have an older device, you have to hope that Microsoft lowers the minimum requirements, or keep using Windows 10, since Microsoft will support it until 2025.

Has this problem occurred on your device? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is TPM required for Windows 11?

Computer security is complicated, and most developers and IT professionals have no idea how to talk about the features or components. That’s why we’re going to try to break down what many consider to be a complex topic. Many of you may be familiar with the Trusted Platform Module, also known as TPM for short. This chip is built into most modern PCs, and its job is to ensure that the operating system on the device, the BIOS, and the kernel are all correct. One of the more controversial changes in Windows 10 was the removal of the legacy boot mode, and the introduction of Secure Boot, a new technology that essentially mandates that any operating system installed on a PC be signed by a Microsoft authorized certificate.  Microsoft has stated that Secure Boot will be required for the release of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and OEMs who wish to sell a PC running Windows 10 must make it “appear” to run Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. In order to do this, OEMs will need to have the necessary Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 hardware present in their PC, or they will need to have a BIOS update that adds the necessary capability to the BIOS.

Does TPM 2.0 require secure boot?

The answer to the previous question will also answer the question of whether or not Windows 11 supports secure boot. The answer is simple: no, it doesn’t. TPM 2.0 is an optional feature in Windows 10, and it allows you to store keys on your computer. These keys are used to verify the integrity of the computer system during boot, and they’re used to ensure that the operating system has not been altered or tampered with.

Does secure boot require TPM?

PCs these days are interconnected. Instead of just having one computer, a lot of people have multiple computers in their home or office. These usually have different operating systems (Windows, Android, macOS, Linux, etc.), but they also have one thing in common: they all need to be secure. Regarding a new standard that will be part of Windows 10 called “Secure Boot”, some say that TPM 2.0 is required by default, while others say that it can be enabled by the user. The truth is, we don’t know yet. What we do know is that Microsoft has already announced it will require TPM 2.0 on all Windows devices that will ship with Windows 10. That should provide you with enough information as to when you will need to buy a new computer.

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